For as long as I can remember I liked to paint and make. Growing up, my sister and I spent hours doing paint by number kits, and coloring with our box of 64 Crayolas. I had a craft box with glass bottles full of sequins, quartz rocks, and glitter which we used to create our mini masterpieces. When I was in 2nd grade my Mother took us to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to see the Mona Lisa, it was the only time this famous painting by Leonardo DaVinci left the Louvre. Even at a tender young age, something about the painting moved me; it was so unusual with its dark palette, her interesting expression, and that teeny little line across her forehead. From that moment on I fell in love with the world of art.
My entire life has been dedicated to “becoming” an artist. Along the way I have studied with many wonderful artists and each one left an impact upon me. I picked up tools and techniques for making art. Once I learned to trust my inklings toward color, shape and design something magical began to happen. Art journaling was the key for unlocking my creative intuition and igniting a new passion. It provided a playground for mixed media, a place to experiment and splash color however I wanted. My goal is to continue creating art that reflects who I am. As we are made by The Creator so we are gifted with a creative language. We just need to learn how to trust, express, explore and unleash what lies inside. This is my passion, a journey dedicated to accessing creative intuition. Let me just say, I too am on the journey and continue to learn…a master I am NOT, more of a jack-of-all-trades actually…a dabbler. It is just the way I am wired. Perhaps you are too. I love to paint, create in my art journal, write, make beaded bracelets, upcycle old books into journal treasures, teach adults and children, and be an encourager. It takes a brave soul to enter in the doors of an art class or workshop, no matter ones age. A safe, friendly, caring, open-to-all-styles environment is what I offer in my classrooms. Everyone with an artistic inkling has a style all their own. My heart is to encourage the process and help each person develop their own set of tools for creative expression. It is a marvelous journey…full of ‘aha’ moments, and one I enjoy sharing with others.
Presently I teach mixed media, art journaling, and youth classes at the Bemis Art School at the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Member of International Society of Acrylic Painters.
Here is a page from my travel journal…Mona Lisa…you changed my life. I saw the painting again at the Louvre this time in 2015 and bought this postcard. I love museum postcards.